*Author, Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (Random House, 2001) and Second Nature: A Gardener's Education (Dell, 1995)
*Contributing Editor, Harpers and The New York Times Magazine
*Author, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (Unknown, 1996) and The Practical Heart: Four Novellas (Knopf, 2001)
*NPR's National Security Correspondent with news update
*Author, Burpee Basics: Perennials and Perennials: a Growing Guide for Easy Colorful Gardens (Burpee Basics) (Hungry Minds, 1998) *Author of the forthcoming memior, As Always Jack: A Wartime Love Story (Little Brown, 2002)
*Poet with a poem on gardening
*Author, The Water Course (Knopf 2002)
Planting, nurturing, toiling, rooting, blooming, culling and crafting are all literary metaphors borrowed from the age old obsession with plants and flowers. In this hour of Talk of the Nation, Neal Conan talks with some award winning writers who are also master gardeners and discover the pleasure of borrowing from one vocation to grow the other.